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The Deck of Tales

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...

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The Deck of Tales is a set of 120 card faces (not counting the instructions) that provide images as inspiration for story telling. Roleplayers, solo gamers, and authors can take advantage of 360 pictures, 240 unique combinations of symbols, and more!

Those numbers may sound relatively small, but consider this: Relying solely on the primary pictures, drawing three cards and using one image from each offers a possible set of more than 46 million random results, even before you apply your own interpretation to them! Whether you need to invent a unique backstory for an NPC, create a set of superpowers for the heroes of your world, or even just want some ideas for an interesting random encounter, the Deck of Tales offers sparks to set your imagination firing.

See below for images that demonstrate and explain what is on each card. Also, please note that the design philosophy here is the same as it is for The GameMaster's Apprentice: if you order a printed deck, the cards will be printed back-to-back, making them convenient to hold and shuffle, and also reducing the printing cost significantly. Of course, if you prefer single-sided cards, you can print your own from the PDF, in either full-color or low-ink.

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These cards were inspired by feedback on Larcenous Designs' first set of GM-assistant cards, The GameMaster's Apprentice, which are extremely information-dense by virtue of much text. Now, for those who prefer iconography for generating random events, creating multi-faceted NPCs, and even answering questions normally directed to a GM, The Deck of Tales offers a visual alternative!

Also, if you like the art of The Deck of Tales, you should know that the vast majority of it is available, for you, for free, from the amazing folks at www.game-icons.net! Creators Delapouite, Lorc, Carl Olsen, sbed, and Lord Berandas (along with others who contributed even more icons--far more than could fit on these cards!) create thousands of game icons, all available under the CC BY 3.0 license (links to both the site and license are available in the instructions for The Deck of Tales). Even if you don't purchase this deck of cards, you should go and check out their work, especially if you, too, are an independent game designer!

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Rachael S July 30, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
I would love to get a deck of cards to use for a "deck of many things" kind of use. A deck of single images that can be made into custom DoMT... is this something you have plans to make?
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July 30, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
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I suppose I might! However, I already use the decks I make (this, the GameMaster's Apprentice, and the CyForge Cypher Creator cards) for that sort of thing. Can you tell me what you'd like that isn't on one of those three products? They are all on DriveThru, but the CyForge is in the Cypher System Creator by Monte Cook Games.
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Rachael S July 30, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
these have multiple images per card and i'm looking for cards with a single image. Things like "knight" "Gems" "and any other such 'idea' that can be done in one image. Kinda like tarot cards.
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July 31, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
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Gotcha. The closest I have right now, if you want one simple image, is http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/184171/CyForge-Cypher-Creator-Cards but those also have a two tiny pieces of text on them.

If I do create a new deck that is more like the classic DoMT, I'll definitely reply here and let you know!
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This title was added to our catalog on March 19, 2016.